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Lion kill in Etosha

On our fourth day in the Etosha National Park we found ourselves decamped to the North-eastern edge of the great Etosha pan at the secluded Onkoshi Camp. It wasn't possible for us to use our own vehicles to get to this camp from Fort Namutoni, so we were ferried there in open [...]

By |9th January 2014|Photography, Ranger Stories, Trip Reports|Comments Off on Lion kill in Etosha
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The Himba People of Namibia

It's hot outside. The dashboard of the Land Rover tells me its about 40C. There's not much shade, so we try not to stray too far from the vehicle until we have met up with our guide, who is going to take us through to a village of traditional Himba [...]

By |4th December 2013|Photography, Trip Reports|Comments Off on The Himba People of Namibia

Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 5

  Somebody somewhere recommended this bag to me as a good option for a small mirrorless system. Our local pro shop had one in stock and I mulled over it for days. Eventually the GAS was too much to bear and I went down there yesterday, credit card in tow. An hour or so later and my entire m43 system was snuggled up inside it. That’s the OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic Lumix GF1, four lenses, the baby flash for the Oly, plus there’s room for at least 1 more lens, or perhaps a proper Olympus flash should I ever need one. Or maybe another OM-D in the future. You never know. […]

By |5th June 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 5

Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari – part 3

Part 3 of Dallas' account of the 2012 Big 5 Group safari to Sabi Sabi

By |19th February 2013|Trip Reports|Comments Off on Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari – part 3

Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – Part 1

On the back of our successful, but gruelling 2009 safari, I decided to do something different for our Nikongear.com safari in 2010. Together with Pepe Jones’ expert help we booked out an entire camp at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands. We had 9 people join us on that initial foray into the very different world of private game reserves and the positive outcome of that trip solidified in my mind the vision of my personal future; namely to produce the best photo safaris that any photographer could hope to make. This past October we returned to Little Bush Camp at Sabi Sabi to enjoy 7 more days of enchanting game drives, with our focus being Africa’s Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). This series of posts serves as an account of that time, as well as hopefully a reminder to those of you reading them that life is too short to put trips like these on hold indefinitely. I hope you enjoy the story of the 2012 Nikongear.com safari. Preparations Getting to Sabi Sands from Johannesburg is a 45-minute flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and then a further 2 hours by predominantly tarred road to get to Shaw’s Gate, which is the main entrance to most of the private lodges on the Southern part of the Sabi Sands reserve. Along the way you drive through towns such as White River and Hazyview, which don’t particularly stand out as attractions on their own, but do give you the sense of being close to a much bigger attraction, namely the world famous Kruger National Park. You’ll see lots of local arts and crafts, such as stone sculptures of the Big 5 being sold by the roadside and plenty of signs advertising independent safari accommodation or game drives for day trips to the park. Apart from farming and forestry it’s the main lifeblood of the region. […]

By |28th January 2013|Trip Reports|Comments Off on Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – Part 1

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review

A real life, in the field, non-scientific review by a working photographer Back in 2010 Sigma kindly loaned me the original, unstabilised version of this lens to take on our Nikongear.com Ultimate Big 5 Safari. I never got to grips with the lens on that trip and found it pretty [...]

By |21st November 2012|Equipment|Comments Off on Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review
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